“We were very clear when we came in the morning. We engaged with the church leadership and they were very arrogant saying the church was not going to shut down.
“When we got here we posed a few questions to the officials from SAPS and the metro police and asked them what the zoning of the building was. Does the church have a certificate and when was the last time an inspection was done on the premises?
“They responded and told us the zoning was for businesses and the church does not have a certificate and there are issues around the health and safety of the congregants. We told them to enact the law‚” Nqakula said.
Members from the church ranging from as young as seven years to elderly women and men made their way out of the church after the group‚ who call themselves the Nelson Mandela Bay Citizens in Unity‚ moved away from the door.
Protesters could be heard screaming “fire” and “you should be ashamed of yourselves for supporting a rapist” as the congregants made their way out.
The blue shutter doors at Jesus Dominion International were eventually closed – much to the jubilation of the protesters.